Daily Archives: July 17, 2014

‘Deep shock’ over Malaysia jet crash


‘Deep shock’ over Malaysia jet crash http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-28339843

Controversial statin rules go ahead


Controversial statin rules go ahead http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-28352290

along the trail by George-B_FotoSketcher pencilsketch-1_FotoSketcher (my art collection)


along the trail by George-B_FotoSketcher pencilsketch-1_FotoSketcher (my art collection)

along the trail by George-B_FotoSketcher pencilsketch-1_FotoSketcher (my art collection)

along the trail, poetic thought by George-B ©Always (the smudge and other poems)


along the trail, poetic thought by George-B ©Always

(the smudge and other poems)


along the trail you see the joy of being free

along the trail you hear the thrills of flying free
of landing at your leisure.
Along the trail you feel the green of plants get greener
The wild mustard seedpods opening
and seed achieving goal

Along the trail you breath the natural at ease,
the fragrant exaltation of aromatic shields
Along the trail you live,
along the trail you  let live, while

coming around again and again for more.

along the trail by George-B_FotoSketcher (Painting 8-excessive srokes) my art collection

along the trail by George-B_FotoSketcher (Painting 8-excessive strokes) my art collection

Claude Debussy: L’Isle joyeuse L 106 (make music part of your life series)


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Claude Debussy: L’Isle joyeuse

L 106

Created with http://www.mp32tube.comL’isle joyeuse, L. 106 (The Island of Pleasure) is an extended solo piano piece by Claude Debussy composed in 1904. According to Jim Samson (1977), the central relationship in the work is that between material based on the whole-tone scale, the lydian mode

Bob van Asperen – Antonio Soler – Sonata 84 (make music part of your life series)


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Bob van Asperen – Antonio Soler – Sonata 84

Ludwig van Beethoven – Romance for Violin & Orchestra No. 1 (make music part of your life series)


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Ludwig van Beethoven – Romance for Violin & Orchestra No. 1, in G major, op. 40 

Igor Ozim, violin
Vienna Opera Orchestra
Moshe Atzmon

Beethoven’s reputation as a pianist often obscures the fact that he was a very capable violinist. Although not an accomplished master, he possessed a profound love for and understanding of the instrument, evident in his ten violin sonatas, the violin concerto, and numerous quintets, quartets, and other chamber works. The two Romances for violin stand out because they are single-movement works in concerto settings. The Romance in G major was published in 1803 by Hoffmeister & Kühnel in Leipzig; the date of its first performance is not known. Despite the lower opus number, it was composed at least five years after the Romance in F, Op. 50, which was published in 1805. He retained the early Classical orchestra he employed for his earlier Piano Concerto in B flat, Op. 19: one flute, two oboes, two bassoons, two horns, and strings. Often described as a “preparation” for the Violin Concerto, Op. 61, of 1806, the Romance in G stands as a fine work in its own right, clearly demonstrating Beethoven’s mastery of the high-Classical style of Mozart and Haydn. Furthermore, Beethoven creates subtle connections between disparate sections of a work.

Cast in a two-episode rondo format (ABACA coda), the Romance in G is not imbued with sonata-form characteristics, as are many of Beethoven’s later rondo movements. The rondo theme (A) is in two parts, each performed first by the soloist then repeated by the orchestra. Descending sixteenth notes in the solo part mark the beginning of B, in which the orchestra is relegated to a purely accompanimental role, creating unity by including figures from the rondo. Section B spends a significant amount of time on the dominant (D major); however, this does not represent a modulation but a preparation for the return of the rondo in G major. Again, the soloist performs both segments of the A section alone, this time including a running eighth note accompaniment under each of the literally repeated themes. Beethoven set the second episode, C, in E minor. The minor mode, dotted rhythms, and staccato passages give the section a “gypsy” music tinge. The foray into a new key area ends with the return of the G major rondo theme, again played by the soloist, but with accompaniment by the orchestra. Beethoven forgoes the repetition of each of the two parts of the rondo and ends the work with a brief coda featuring a lengthy trill in the solo violin. The three fortissimo chords that close the piece seem oddly, possibly comically, out of place in this generally quiet work, but they do resemble the orchestral string parts at the end of each rondo section. [allmusic.com]

Heart Openers and Backbends Yoga class 57mins, Guru Mantra: Imperfect Perfection, Namaste Yoga 235


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Heart Openers and Backbends Yoga class 57mins, Guru Mantra: Imperfect Perfection, Namaste Yoga 235

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Today’s class will focus on twists and side bends to gently open up your heart center. We will practice gentle backbends as well as a mudra for your heart chakra with the Guru Mantra.

The focus of this week’s class is on Vishnu‘s incarnation as Krishna and his conversation with Arjuna that in taking a human form he could only be 15/16th perfect. We will reflect on our imperfect perfection as human beings and bring loving kindness, compassion and perfection to our imperfections.

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Labor, Privatization And How To Defend Public Education: SF Forum


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Labor, Privatization And How To Defend Public Education: SF Forum
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PllIo…
On July 6, 2014 in San Francisco a forum was held titled
Labor, Privatization And How To Defend Public Education.
Speakers included
Kathleen Carroll, fired Commission On Teacher Credentialing, attorney & whistleblower
https://www.facebook.com/CitizensForE…
Rick Baum, member of CCSF AFT Local 2121;
George Wright, retired Professor AFT 1493;
Gray Brechin, UCB Geography Department, author of “Imperial San Francisco”
Sharon Higgins, researcher/expert on privatization of Oakland, CA schools and the Gulen charter chain.
http://charterschoolscandals.blogspot…
Billionaires from the Walton Walmart family to the Gates
Foundation, the Fisher GAP KIPP operation and the Broad
Foundation are spending fortunes pushing charters to loot
public education. The “Common Core” and testing schemes
profiting Pearson Inc. are part of the drive to totally privatize
public education. UC Regent Richard Blum and others with ties
to politicians are also benefiting financially from this transformation.
Politicians in California and nationally are actively supporting
privatization, the “Common Core” and charters to eliminate and
re-segregate our public schools.
At the same time in San Francisco privatizers are seeking to revoke
accreditation of the City College of San Francisco in order to
destroy the unions and privatize the largest community college
in California. This forum looks at how this privatization agenda
is being implemented and what our unions and the labor
movement need to do to fight it.
For further information by Kathy Carroll on this issue:
When Did Teacher Unions Decide to “TURN” Against Collective Bargaining Rights?
http://www.dailycensored.com/when-did…
Full video of UPWA Forum
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PllIo…
For more video from Kathy Carroll:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oOCjDI…
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oOCjDI…
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=56SWb4…
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fLa6YC…
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ux7F7…
For more information
https://www.facebook.com/CitizensForE…
Sponsored by United Public Workers For Action
http://www.upwa.info
Production of Labor Video Project http://www.laborvideo.org

 

Senator raises seagull ‘threat’


Senator raises seagull ‘threat’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-28341114

Israel starts Gaza ground offensive


Israel starts Gaza ground offensive http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-28359582

Malaysian jet crashes in Ukraine


Malaysian jet crashes in Ukraine http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-28354856

quotation: Only cowards insult dying majesty. Aesop


Only cowards insult dying majesty.

Aesop (620 BC-560 BC) Discuss

today’s holiday: Baths of Caracalla


Baths of Caracalla

Originally designed as a social gathering place for men in third-century Rome, the Baths of Caracalla became the unusual setting for open-air opera in 1937. Held every summer in July and August, the Bath Operas feature grand Italian operas, as well as ballet performances produced by local and international dance companies. The events take place in the evening on one of the world’s largest stages—100 feet long and 162 feet wide. While the acoustics are far from ideal, more than 10,000 spectators generally fill the bleachers to enjoy this one-of-a-kind musical extravaganza. More… Discuss

todady’s birthday: Vince Guaraldi (1928)


Vince Guaraldi (1928)

Guaraldi, an American jazz musician, was hired to score the animated adaptations of the Peanuts comic series after producer Lee Mendelson heard his music playing on the radio. Though Guaraldi was a Grammy award-winning pianist prior to his work on the Peanuts specials, he is best known for his musical compositions associated with the series, including the signature tuneLinus and Lucy” from A Charlie Brown Christmas. What song earned Guaraldi his Grammy? More… Discuss

this day in the yesteryear: Disneyland Opens in Anaheim, California (1955)


Disneyland Opens in Anaheim, California (1955)

Having welcomed more than 650 million visitors since its opening, Disneyland is perhaps the world’s most famous themed amusement park. Walt Disney’s original plans called for a modest park to be built on eight acres (3.2 hectares) near Disney Studios. A much more ambitious Disneyland opened to invited guests and the media on July 17, 1955, a year after construction had begun. The day’s events did not go smoothly, prompting Disney to later refer to it as “Black Sunday.” What went wrong? More… Discuss

Data Recoverable on Some Used Phones


Data Recoverable on Some Used Phones

If you are in the habit of snapping racy selfies with your smartphone, you may want to think twice about reselling it when you get a new one. Security firm Avast purchased 20 used Android devices on eBay and managed to recover the previous owners’ data from at least some of them, including emails, text messages, Google searches, and 40,000 photos—more than 1,000 of which featured the subject in various states of undress. Google responded to the report, saying that the phones in question are older models that do not reflect current Android protections, but security researchers caution that the only way to fully protect your data on any device is to destroy it entirely. More… Discuss

Pagodas


Pagodas

A pagoda is a tiered tower with multiple eaves common to China, Japan, Korea, and other parts of Asia. The pagoda evolved from the Indian stupa—a dome-shaped shrine for Buddhist relics—and, like the stupa, is typically built for religious, often Buddhist, purposes. Whether octagonal, hexagonal, or square, pagodas are intended mainly as monuments and tend to have very little usable interior space. What is the “demon-arrester” that tops some pagodas? More… Discuss

word: apotheosis


apotheosis 

Definition: (noun) Exaltation to divine rank or stature.
Synonyms: deification, exaltation
Usage: How strange was this miracle of fame, I pondered, this strange apotheosis by which a mere private name becomes a public symbol. Discuss.